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5 tips for decorating on a budget
Dated: April 6 2021
Five tips for decorating on a budget
Decorating is fun and exciting, but it can also be expensive. It seems as though when you start working on one part of your house, you suddenly get the urge to redo everything. From selecting paint to replacing flooring and upgrading outdated furniture, money starts to add up rather quickly. If your home is in need of some sprucing up, here are five tips to help you decorate while staying on a budget.
Make a plan
There's nothing more costly than starting a project without a clear plan. To help you get started, make a list of what changes you would like to make in the areas you plan to redecorate. Then, grab a pad of paper and pencil to sketch out the room and decide where you want to put your new décor and furniture.
Put together a list of room inspirations to help you get a better sense of exactly how you'd like the finished project to look. Your plan should also include a very clear budget. Set that budget and make every decision going forward according to that budget.
Upcycle items you already own
While it may feel less exciting to repurpose your old furniture instead of ordering new items online, it will save you a lot of money. With a little bit of time and creativity, you can completely transform a piece of furniture.
Taking advantage of items you already own will allow you to spend money on necessary things later on. A simple facelift for cabinets or your walls can go a long way toward making a space look new and fresh.
You can sand down old furniture, re-stain or paint it, or even add new fabric to the seat. If you're up for it, you can DIY many of your projects and spend your money on items you absolutely need.
Secondhand stores are crucial
If you've run out of items to upcycle, take advantage of secondhand stores, flea markets, and antique stores. Thrift stores accept new items each week, so find out their schedule and take advantage to be there as soon as the new items hit the floor.
It takes patience, of course, because you'll never know what you might find, but that's the beauty of it. You may stumble upon a piece of furniture or a painting you had never considered, and it could be the perfect piece to bring a space together.
In addition to secondhand stores, be sure to check garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, and apps such as OfferUp.
Fill your space with color
Paint is very affordable, and there is an untold number of shades of paint to play with. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform your room. To spare yourself from purchasing gallons of a paint color that you end up hating, be sure to get a couple of samples first. The last thing you would want to do is purchase several gallons of paint that you hate.
Paint swatches on your walls and consider the shades look when completely dried, both during the day and at night. Paint colors often dry darker than they look when you first paint the walls, so be patient and open-minded.
Slow and steady
Once you've started redecorating one room, it's tempting to continue through the entire house. Be sure to stick to your budget and plan for the space. If you'd like to continue working on other rooms in the house, start this process again to make sure you can handle and afford another project. Good luck!
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